By Tiffany Rudd
Learning to write your name is an important preschool skill. It's also a very fun one to practice. Here are some of my favorite tips and activities for helping your child learn to write his/her name.
- Start with having your child trace her name. It's easy to make your own reusable tracing page. Just go to THIS website, choose which decoration you'd like, click on standard block print, enter your child's name and it will create a free printable tracer page for you! Once you print it, just slide it into a plastic page protector and have your child use a dry erase marker to trace. (I couldn't find my dry erase marker, so Brooklyn is using a washable marker. It doesn't work as well, but will do in a pinch.) When she is done, she can just wipe it off with a tissue and start again!
- While your child traces her name, have her repeat the letters in a sing-song voice. B-R-O-O-K-L-Y-N. By the time she is proficient at tracing, she will also have this "song" and the spelling memorized. I still occasionally hear Cameron whisper his little song while writing his name.
- Once your child has the tracing and spelling down, write the name multiple times on a page and have her copy the letters below yours. Make sure you write big, little hands aren't developed enough to form tiny letters.
- Now that she has the letters down, it's time for some fun practice! Here are just a few ideas...
- Write your name 10 times on the driveway using sidewalk chalk for dad to see when he gets home.
- Cover the table in shaving cream and write your name in it. Then just rub it around to erase and start again.
- Create a beautiful drawing of your name using Rainbow Writing. Send it to grandma or grandpa.
4. Cover a colored piece of paper in white sugar or
salt. Trace your name in the sugar and then just
spread it around to start again.
What other fun and creative ways have you used to help your child practice his/her name? Share them in the comments below!